Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (or SME’s for short) in South Africa are starting to turn to cloud services and reaping the benefits, which is affording them the opportunity to improve their business continuity and promote growth. Gone are the days of filing customer, client or patient information and the risk of data loss is being mitigated thanks to the forward thinking SME business owners. But which SME’s would benefit the most from Cloud Services? In our opinion there are many, but the ones listed below would do particularly well to adopt the cloud as their primary data repository:
We’ve seen it on the big screen and in popular TV series over the past decade, but now thanks to the improvement and easy access of Fibre to the home, the rise of remote working in SA is a reality. It is believed that at least one third of the country’s white collar workforce is already working outside of their company offices and this number is set to rise.
Cloud hosting is one of the services that MacroLan is best known for, but the truth is many South African businesses and individuals who need large amounts of data storage are not always aware of exactly what it is. Essentially, Cloud Hosting is the same as VPS hosting! So much so in fact that many people within the IT industry are already moving away from using the term VPS and now use the terms Cloud Hosting or Cloud VPS.
5 years ago at Manchester University in the United Kingdom two physicists won a Nobel Physics Prize for their work on a new material – Graphene. This one atom thick sheet of carbon was discovered by 2 Russian born Professors, Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim, when they applied sticky tape to graphite. This created Graphene, an extremely conductive and transparent material that is recognised as the strongest material known to science.
One of the universally acknowledged benefits of cloud storage is the flexibility it offers businesses of all sizes. Keeping your servers off-site and your data online are quite simply exceptional ways of saving money, time and effort, giving companies more freedom when it comes to budget and resource allocation. There is also the security that the cloud provides around data backup, eliminating the issues connected with disaster recovery, whether it’s a power surge, a fire, theft or a crash.
Of course, there are still times when cloud based disaster recovery and restoration becomes necessary. As cloud storage becomes more and more ubiquitous, it’s easy to become reliant on the convenience it provides without thinking about the precautions it requires. Like many digital leaps forward, when real world labour and physical infrastructure becomes part of an online routine, there is a problem with an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude developing in users.
A wireless router might be the hub of your home but is it best for your business? To think that there are businesses that don’t have wireless, is the same as thinking they don’t have water or electricity. Wireless broadband is so ingrained in our daily lives that we often don’t think about it, because it’s all around us … all the time. But what of your existing wired network? Should you just dump it all and start over with wireless?
From a management perspective, having a physical wired infrastructure is possibly cheaper on installation but maintenance is where it falls short. If the business grows, cabling can become costly and is often awkward to hide and maintain.
There seems to be a battle between virtual and physical office-bound servers and there hasn’t been a consensus regarding which one is better. Both are susceptible to virtually the same threats and require very similar operational knowledge.
However, having your servers within the grounds of your business can open up a myriad of threats that would not necessarily be prevalent if your stored your information via cloud storage. Continue reading and we’ll show you just what kind of threats a physical office-bound server could face and how you can prevent it from happening.
When it comes to getting things done nothing gets better results quite like good team work. However modern business trends and global distributed work patterns means that chances are that the people in your team aren’t in the same country, never mind the same office space. Two decades ago this would have been a problem, but nowadays a host of online collaboration tools have made working with a global team as easier as if they were in the same office.
Many industry professionals can remember when doing backups throughout the year meant that you would have to pre-order boxes and boxes of tape drives. At the time we thought they were fantastic and if you told us back then that one day back up systems would be quick, easy and cost efficient we would actually probably have believed you. But if you said that it would be off site, instantly scalable and 100% guaranteed, we would have been far more sceptical.
Big Data has recently unlocked a number of Big Opportunities for businesses. Let’s take a look at what exactly Big Data is, what kind of computing power is required and why cloud computing is perfectly positioned to make Big Data projects both possible and cost effective.
Big is of course relative, and while some organisations might baulk at the idea of managing databases in excess of hundreds of gigabytes, others may only start feeling challenged when the data sets reach hundreds of terabytes. Big (or volume of data) is however only one aspect of Big Data. Other factors include the velocity of data coming in and out of the database and the range of different data types that need to be captured, curated, managed and processed within an acceptable period of time.